Thank you to everyone who submitted their names and essays for the 2012/13 IBEW First District Scholarship Award.

 A random draw was made at the First District Office on Friday, March 1st, 2013, and it is my pleasure to announce the following winners:

                        Brittany KozenLocal Union 2067, Regina SK

                        Alison ObressLocal Union 115, Kingston ON

                        Natalie ClothierLocal Union 625, Halifax NS

                        Nick SoulliereLocal Union 636, Mississauga ON

                        Harley DoerrLocal Union 2067, Regina SK

 Congratulations to these five applicants!!!

We, at the First District Office, and the other sponsors (Union Savings, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, MWG Apparel and AIL) wish these dedicated young people a successful year in their continued education.

As all applicants’ essays are valued and well-written, we will be quoting excerpts from each submission weekly on our website homepage ( under ‘QUOTE OF THE WEEK’; so be sure to look for your family members ‘words of wisdom’ about the IBEW or unions in general.

In solidarity,

Phil Flemming, International Vice President


It appears we have exchanged the ridiculous cost of gun registration for the equally ridiculous cost of the Conservative Federal Government's move to eliminate Canadian Unions.  This proposed legislation has passed the House of Commons and is now in the Senate. 

Please take a few minutes and read the attached remarks by Conservative Senator Hugh Segal as he explains to his fellow Senators what this bill is about.  He says, "... this bill is about a nanny state, anti-labour bias running rampant, and it diminishes the imperative of free speech, freedom of assembly and free collective bargaining." 


Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and what to do if someone experiences these? Knowing can make the difference between life and death.

Recognizing and responding immediately to the warning signs of a potential heart attack can significantly improve survival and recovery. Please, take the time to be heart safe and learn how you can reduce your risk.

The most accurate barometer of the union advantage uses median wage - where half of all workers make more than the amount and half of all workers make less. It gives a better picture of how workers are doing. Using median wage, the national union advantage is $6.80 an hour. Statistics Canada, uses average wages.

Learn more about this calculation.

The Canadian trade union movement is all about improving the everyday lives of all working people. It's about better wages and benefits. It's about better pensions and vacations.

                        Almost $7 more per hour

CLC report: Corporate Tax Freedom Day is January 30 - Big businesses hoard cash from tax giveaways, not investing in jobs

OTTAWA – A research study by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that CEOs in Canada could be dancing in their suites to celebrate Corporate Tax Freedom Day on January 30. Their companies will by then have paid their share of taxes to all levels of government for the entire year.

“Corporate income taxes amounted to only 8.3% of all government revenues in 2011, down from 8.8% in 2010 and from an average of 11% in the 1960s and 70s,” says CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff.“In return for tax breaks companies are supposed to be investing their windfall to create good jobs in Canada but instead they are hoarding cash and paying fat compensation to their CEOs.”

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 18, 2013) - Local labour leader John Gibson today called Conservative leader Tim Hudak's plans for Ontario a Pathway to Poverty. Mr. Gibson made his remarks in response to the Conservative leader's speech to the London Construction Association.

"Tim Hudak is playing into the hands of corporate interests at the expense of working families by proposing policies like 'Right-to-Work' and 1:1 apprenticeship ratios," said John Gibson, business manager of local 120 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. "This will make Ontario a low wage, low skill economy like we find in many southern American states."